Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Twins Clinch!!

Twins win!! Sox lose!! Twins clinch the AL Central!!!!

By the way White Sox, that was so kind of you to lose 8 in a row at the end of the season. Thank you :|D

I think this is the easiest and earliest we've clinched in Gardy's years at MN (at least easier than the past couple years). Now lets finish strong and get some home field advantage in the playoffs!

PS: I've been slacking this week on my blog. More effort towards new posts coming up.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Where's my broom?

Sweep. Sweep. Sweep.

Not to jinx it, but sweeping the White Sox pretty much seals the deal. Now lets fight for home field advantage between the Rays and Yankees. Gonna have to get my post season subscription. :D


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Oh Der Twains

So since my blog has already been tainted with references to cool things I found online, here's another for the Twins fans or just general Minnesotan's out there

Der Twain urn Heavern

I realize this is coming from a rival White Sox blog, so it's probably meant as a jab at us goofy Minnesotans, but I think it's hilarious. Parody at its best. Plus, apparently I fit the bill perfectly as I'm Lutheran, a Twins fan, and would die for tatter-tot hot dish at this moment. Maybe my Minnesotan accent could use some work though. And I don't know about der Pavstache, but I'm really tempted. Uff dey mayk it tuu da wurld series I mayht just 'ave to groo ma oon Pavstache eh. Also I'll lengthen my sideburns.

Go Twains! :|D

...why is there a Wikipedia for uffda!?!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Little Bit of More Random

Originally I thought we were going to go right back to the smeltering heat that was this summer, but since that Typhoon blew through things have finally seemed to calm down. It's still getting in the upper 80's as a high, but drops down into the 70's over night. Ugh, finally.

Anyways, normally I like to avoid the 'check out what I found on the interwebz!' pattern, but I can't resist this. So without further ado, for my fellow TNG fans...

For those who get it, leave some love in the comments.

Also on the subject of backgrounds, I ran across this guy on the series of tubes known as the, "internets"

And better yet, someone had the genius idea to write a bash script for this background that replaces the starfield in the background with the NASA astronomy picture of the day... awesome. Yes, I did originally find this on reddit (after I joined the exodus away from the new digg), so I don't know what linking a reddit article does to my blog's integrity but... w/e. It's too cool to pass up (possible major Calvin & Hobbes bias here). The results of that script are very cool.

Finally, a little news from the home front. We hired a new guy to help out on the floor. He drives this:

Honda NSX
Yea baby.

He tells me it was tuned and customized to run on a circuit before he purchased it. Unfortunately the manifold and muffler are in the middle of being fixed, so it purrs like a... tank. Anyways, I'll be sure to take some more pictures and video when I get a chance to ride it sometime. Also notice how low it is to the ground. Its got air suspension to take care of that. It just rises off the ground when he turns it on, haha. The engine is in the back too.


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Wait, I take that back

So this morning i mentioned that I woke up to it raining. I was mistaken. I woke up to A TYPHOOOON!...... of doooooom... (at nooooon...) >.>

Apparently typhoon no 9 decided to rip through Japan and I was completely unawares of it. How did that happen? I guess I'm not paying close enough attention to the news. That said, I wouldn't care if I had gotten soaked on the way to/from work with the trains delayed. It's a heavenly 77 degrees out. Bring it on.

I'm still not opening my window... (yea, singular). No bugs please.

Rain, Rain, Go Aw-no STAY!!!

I woke up a little early this morning, looked out the window and noticed it wasn't quite as bright as usual. In fact it was rather cloudy and dreary, almost... like rain clouds...


It's raining!! Huzzah!! Finally a day where it won't be breaking 90 degrees out!!

Plus as an added benefit, all the stuff that's been caked on the sidewalks and train platforms is finally getting washed away. Hooray for clean streets. Of course its probably going to go right back to the oven tomorrow, and I hear that's supposed to last another two weeks too. Sigh... But then again, I've learned to never trust a weatherman anyways.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Labo(u?)r Day

I guess it really is Labor Day in the US. Usually I get a dozen or two emails over night since US business hours are while I'm sleeping. But today - zippo. Hope you all had a good labor day. Oh and don't worry, we'll be making up for it by having two holidays later this month.

Sep 20th - Respect for the Aged
Sep 23rd - Autumnal Equinox


Sunday, September 05, 2010

Video Tour

I've been having this epic and ongoing battle with my landlord about the water pressure in my apartment. I've been complaining for 2 months about it being week, and they've sent 4 people already to come take a look. As a result I have a new water heater and a new shower hose and shower head, but its still pretty weak. Lately the water has been cutting off completely from time to time too, yikes. Today 2 more people came to look (how many people does it take to fix my water pressure????), and it looks like they're finally gonna do something.

Anyways, that's a whole nother story, but since some people came to visit I cleaned up my apartment. And I figured I might as well take the chance while its clean to make a quick video tour. So for those interested -

PS: Erik - I'm looking for that sushi commercial, but can't seem to find it yet. Hopefully this gem of a commercial I saw on TV will hold you over.

Kue! (Eat!) Choco-ball!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

One Year Already?

So today, August 31st, marks exactly 1 year since I've started working at Proto Labs... wow.

Well that went by fast. It feels like just the other day I was back in Minneapolis finishing up college looking for a job. I tried exploring a few different routes to get to Japan, including JET and AEON (English teaching jobs), but nothing quite seemed to turn out. Friends of mine in those institutions told me I would be a sure in, but it just didn't work out. I did plenty of prep specifically for each interview too (including reading plenty of forums from past interviewees), but no go. I remember having this weird feeling in the back of my head that something was preventing me from getting back to Japan.

Well obviously whatever that was, it was making me wait for this job. I had actually done some teaching part time jobs in college including TA work for an English as a Second Language class, as well as English and Japanese conversation groups I lead. So it seemed like I was moving toward the direction of teaching English in Japan. But instead I had to go find a job in the field of my major. The nerve, I know. What was I thinking?

I was thinking it would be awesome to work an IT job in Japan, that's what. And it pretty much is. Well, here's to another year. the way, the fall line of beers are coming out now (even though its still 90 degrees out). The cans are auburn, so I was kind of imagining a red beer (which is my favorite) but... apparently not. I think they were going for a more 'roasted' flavor since the flavor is a bit stronger. Still, I'd really love to see an amber lager on the shelves. I haven't even found one on the expensive international shelves yet. Definitely having a Killian's as soon as I get back to the US over Christmas. The cans look cool though -